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We move into Round 24 of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership this weekend and it is the third last round before the finals making it a must tune in for and must bet on affair.

Brisbane are back in form thanks to a win last week over the Dragons and are sitting top of the ladder and looking good for the Minor Premiership if they can dig deep in a tough run home.

They play the second-ranked Roosters on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium in the blockbuster of the round, which should be a cracking game and one where an upset from the nicely priced visitors could be on the cards.

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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Penrith Panthers

Thursday, August 20 – 7:45pm (AEST) – WIN Stadium

The Dragons are sitting eighth on the ladder and will want a win here to hang onto their Top 8 spot and finals bid. They are favourites over Penrith and get the home game advantage in the round’s opener, St George looking to atone for a nasty 32 – 6 loss to Brisbane last week. The Panthers meanwhile will be on a high after beating NZ 24 – 10 in Round 23, and historically they have a massive edge over their hosts as the Dragons haven’t defeated them since 2011. Benji Marshall comes back for St George however and that combined with wanting to wash the embarrassment of last week’s defeat away, the Dragons look dangerous.

South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

Friday, August 21 – 7:45pm (AEST) – ANZ Stadium

South Sydney are fourth on the ladder and take on the seventh-ranked Bulldogs here, but are the underdogs in our tight markets on the Friday night footy feature of Round 24. Last weekend the Bunnies played up in North Queensland on Thursday night and beat the Cowboys 31 – 18. That was an impressive effort and this weekend they get the momentum coming into their clash with the Doggies. Canterbury had an easy time defeating the Titans last Sunday, are on the shorter back-up, but are still better fancied in this must-win for both sides. Both are without their No. 9s, so how they work around that will be key. The Rabbitohs line-up though looks more depleted and Canterbury probably have a little more to play for.

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks vs Wests Tigers

Saturday, August 22 – 3:00pm (AEST) – Remondis Stadium

The Sharks were absolutely flying with seven wins from their past eight games, knocking over a host of the season’s best before their 30 – 2 thrashing at the hand of the Storm last Monday night. They play at home again this weekend on a short Monday – Saturday back-up and are fighting to regain form having slipped to sixth on the ladder. Melbourne are starting to come with the semis just around the corner, so you would think Cronulla will have an easier time taking on the 14th-ranked Tigers this weekend.  Wests hold the historically advantage with 17 wins from 25 played and Cronulla play without the likes of Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis and Wade Graham. That said, the Sharks are the better side and should prevail.

New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday, August 22 – 5:30pm (AEST) – Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors are at home taking on the third-ranked Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday evening, and they can’t afford to lose any of their remaining games if they are to sneak into the Top 8. Last weekend they suffered a shock loss in Penrith to the Panthers, while North Queensland were also defeated in an upset by the Bunnies. So who wins this and returns to form? Odds say the Cowboys, easily. But JT is going to need to do a lot more work and make a lot more mistakes than last weekend. Still, with no Shaun Johnson the Warriors are presenting as easy prey.

Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos

Saturday, August 22 – 7:45pm (AEST) – Allianz Stadium

This is the match of the round when 2nd hosts 1st on the ladder in Sydney. The Roosters have been scary to watch over the past three weeks however, especially for their fans last weekend when they trailed by a big margin behind the Eels before fighting their way back to win 28 – 18. They need to play a consistent 80 minutes of footy if they are to hold off the ladder-leaders this weekend, Brisbane having bounced back from two losses to easily account for St George last weekend (32 – 6) and are hoping for another win in a tough game to keep their Minor Premiership dream alive.

Gold Coast Titans vs Canberra Raiders

Sunday, August 23 – 2:00pm (AEST) – Cbus Super Stadium

The Titans are last on the ladder and the only thing they are fighting for now is to not end up licking the Wooden Spoon in a couple of weeks’ time when the regular season comes to a close. Last weekend they suffered a nasty 36 – 14 loss to the Bulldogs and despite the home ground advantage this round, they are long odds to get the better of the Green Machine who were pretty impressive when going down only two points to a resurgent Manly outfit last Sunday.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs Parramatta Eels

Sunday, August 23 – 4:00pm (AEST) – Brookvale Oval

Manly are on a winning streak and taking on the Eels at Brookie they look set for that to continue this weekend as they make a late charge towards a spot in that Top 8. Last weekend the Sea Eagles were tested by the Raiders, but they dug deep and held on for a two point win. They were in Canberra for that game and will relish a return to their home ground here taking on one of the season’s worst teams. Parramatta though led early against the Roosters last week so can present some kind of threat despite what our markets suggest.

Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights

Monday, August 24 – 7:00pm (AEST) – AAMI Park

Melbourne are in fifth spot and charging towards a Top 4 finish after their massive win over Cronulla last Monday night. They won by 28 points and get the home game advantage here exactly a week later with another Monday night clash, this time taking on the Knights (15th) who are doing nothing to suggest the nearly double figure price on offer for a Newcastle upset is worth taking.

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